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    September 17, 2010
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the rear of the car, sheered off. a green notebook sticking out. according to chp, the car was speeding as it rounded a curve, lost control and hit a big rig carrying a load of cattle. one student in the back seat pronounced dead at the scene. >> the fatality passenger did have his seat belt on. that is important for folks to know. but when have you such a high impact like that, you can suffer internal injuries as well. >> according to school and fire officials all five are boys aged 17, and 18. chp investigators confirmed there were alcohol containers found in and around the car. but they don't know whether this played a role in the crash. the truck driver told abc 7 it was going just 20-25 miles per hour when the bmw smashed into the front of his rig. >> the preliminary investigation led to us believe the bmw lost control negotiating a curve. went out in front of the big
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rig it and was struck, then left the roadway and came to rest. >> one fire fighter was hurt trying to pull a passenger from the rear of the car. >> we did have a fire fighter injured during the rescue to help try to get that patient in the back seat, out. >> two of the injured students were taken to marin general hospital. >> they're stable and awake. they're alert. >> novato high student only heard rumors good b.the accident. >> it's horrible. i -- it's not a good thing. like no matter who it is. i don't want to know someone who died. like that, is terrible. >> reporter: four survivors two are considered in critical condition. the other two had relatively minor injuries here at novato high officials aren't commenting officially on this accident. >> awful to see. laura, thank you very much. >> and moving on, you may soon find out whether there is a high-risk pg&e pipeline
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running near your home. the utility has been pressured to release a pipeline location map. today, pg&e agreed. abc 7 is live tonight with the story. david? >> this is a major change, dan, because pg&e argued it won't release the list for security reasons. it's losing ground quickly. besides state p.u.c. the public utilities commission wanting the list released in in a letter it's been joined by two federal agencies one overseeing pipeline safety. the other homeland security, they see no harm. the state public utilities commission sent this letter to pg&e asking for a list of 100 most-hazardous gas pipelines and locations. that agency along with pg&e have been under pressure for a week by state and federal lawmakers and by the governor that the public and first responders need that information. >> this has to have level of detailedness so people have,
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who have a right to know what is under their house. >> p fw. and e isn't saying what it plans to do. abc 7 news learned it could relesion maps and a list on monday. >> what exactly is -- is or is not provided and understanding what the cpc is requesting is something what we're working with respect to pg&e will be in contact with the cpuc to make sure we understand, then we'll be able to provide a response. right now because we've received it we're evaluating what we have received. >> reporter: the location has been mapped by a number of sources. this was released by pg&e during a rate increase hearing last year. state regulators also want pg&e to develop a plan for replacing pipelines with valves with automatic valves. but the ruptured pipeline was one of them. residents say they're anxious to get maps from pg&e. >> it's a tough thing to balance. you don't want to let the wrong people know. in this case, i really think
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that they need to. let the homeowners know. >> what is important? people safety? peoples lives? or security? i mean, are they concerned somebody is going to do somebody bad to them? >> reporter: well, a lot can happen between now and over the weekend until the expected release of the list. there seems to be a disconnect between what state officials are asking pg&e to do and apparent confusion as to what it plans to do. and jerry hill says if pg&e is less than forth right in disclosure he will introduce a bill that will force pg&e to comply. >> san bruno city officials offering to have the city clean up at no charge for homeowner who's sign a waiver. eight days after the explosion, more residents are returning home z some are doing work themselves.
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considering the fate of many houses the people today say they know they're lucky to have homes. >> it's terrible. you know? you drive away from your house, you think you're never going to see it again. >> it's just horrific for everybody. just trying to get our lives back in order. especial for the baby. they don't know what is going on. they're upset. >> four people were killed and 37 homes destroyed, 60 badly damaged and 32 homes suffered minor damage. a thousand people attended a funeral today for a mother and daughter both killed in this san bruno fire. the 44 and 1313 lived next to the blast site. the service was held in san francisco. where jansa attended school. students were given the day off to go to the service to remember their friend who played basketball, volleyball and student body president. >> she's so bright. she radiates the classroom.
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everyone enjoys having her around. >> it's important to be here to support the family to just have closure to this terrible event. >> jackie greg worked for california public utilities commission over 20 years. is it one of the agencies investigating this explosion. and the funeral mass for the 20-year-old jessica morales scheduled for tonight. the public memorial will be held tomorrow night at church of the highlands on monterey drive in san bruno. 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. so far there has been no public announcement about services for the 81-year-old elizabeth torres the fourth confirmed victim. today was the second day a school was evacuated in the area near the explosion in san bruno. two teachers at crestmore elementary thought they smelled natural gas in classrooms. pg&e says the teacher turned on the heat and there was a smell of gas before the pilot light kicked on. students were kicked up at parkside ind immediate school.
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>> i'm concerned about them not getting freaked out again. we did see the explosion. it had an affect on them. i'm just trying to remain calm with them. to reassure them. >> students from portolla were evacuated. investigators determined waits coming from furnaces turned on for the first time yesterday. >> the state senator padilla says he's going to return a $35,000 campaign contribution from pg&e the day after the explosion. he is chairman of the utilities committee which oversees pg&e. the money arrived the same day he call forward a hearing to investigate the explosion. a spokesman says the senator never, nor will he ever allow legislative decisions to be influenced by political contributions. >> the morning fog is being blamed for two power outages in the east bay. pg&e says outages affected about 1100 people in richmond
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and 2000 people in oakland at about 6:00 this morning. the spokesman says that dirt accumulating on power lines mixed with moisture can cause an electrical arc which sparks fires at utility poles. >> contra costa county sheriff deputies say there is no connection between a sexual assault of a woman last night and three other attacks at the same apartment complex over the summer. they're still looking for last night's attacker. the victim told investigators she was assaulted during a home invasion robbery at the park regency apartments on oak road. sheriff deputies say the attacker followed a woman into the building and forced his way into her apartment when she opened the door. >> this previous two months we had a series of attempted rapes. the suspect in those cases is still in custody. and he's been in custody the whole time. >> and antonio mooden is
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charged with one rape and two attempted rapes this year. security at the park regency has been increased. a candle left unattended may have caused a house fire that caused as much as $2 million in damage. the fire on university avenue was reported just after 7:00 a.m. neighbors in more than half a dozen homes had to evacuate. firefighters brought the fire under control. you can see how much smoke and flame came out g news is that no one was hurt. a portion of the avenue was closed for several hours which blocked access to stanford university. >> california's unemployment rate went up last month from 12.3% in july to 12.4% in august. the jobless rate in san francisco metro area went down to 9.3 including marin, san francisco and san mateo counties. oakland metro area fell to 11.5. that is combined alameda and contra costa counties.
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san jose metro area dropped by 3 percentage points. two million people are unemployed in california. >> shareholders approved a merger of united and continental airline, the largest in the world keeping the united name but display continental's globe logo. the airline ceo hinted there could be layoffs where jobs overlapped. the business times listed united with the biggest employer in san nayo county. >> free snap shot of how we're doing financially. the federal reserve says american net worth shrank between april and june. blamed on shriveled stock port polios. we're saving more, investing more and paying off debt. >> a scathing new report released today likens chinatown restaurants to sweat shops.
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the report says 50% of the workers don't even make minimum wage. abc 7 has the details. chinatown a favorite attraction with a hidden secret. according to a new report and uc berkeley public health it says 50% of the workers received less than minimum wage. 20% required to work more than 60 hours per week. 95% don't receive a living wage. >> there are all kinds of other violations of basic human lights rits. >> she was surprised. >> the work she did didn't afford her benefits or break time. she worked six days per week. only reason she had to keep on doing it was to support her family. >> then, there is this place. he says he earned $6 an hour and wasn't paid for two hours. the city went after the owner,
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she closed. >> nearly half of the complaints are from restaurant worker autos this is one of the restaurants cpa said had issue was working conditions and wages. they're able to recover wages for employees withheld but the restaurant has since changed ownership. we don't have an update on status. >> we know these abuses happen but this is the first time it's into public light how bad it is. >> these numbers are outrageous and frankly they're criminal. >> tsu putting the issue object front burner for the board. the report says solutions include a worker bill of rights and enforcing laws. there are restaurants to do the right thing but we're told no one wants to talk about it. in chinatown abc 7 news. >> and we have breaking news to pass along just coming in to the newsroom. a u.s. airways flight from phoenix to maui had to make a landing after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.
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the manager says the smoke has already disyip paited. no word about injuries. we don't think there were sni. the emergency landing was precaution nairy. >> and we have more for you coming up next. new rules for popular beta breakers race. >> the woman kept in an iranian prison 13 months is coming home. her aunt fills us in on home coming preparation autos and glenn beck did it. now company central jon stewart says he wants to hold a rally on washington's national mall. >> green on the screen to our north on live doppler 7 hd. rain will get into the bay area before the weekend is over. i'llllllllllllllllllllllllllll the black widow spider's severe bite can cause coma and even death. the african black mamba can kill a man with one bite.
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but there's an even deadlier predator cigarettes, produced by big tobacco, which take a life every six point five seconds. don't be big tobacco's next victim. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. the berkeley aunt of saira
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shourd says she talked to her niece on the phone. nora shourd says sarah can't feel like she's free until her fiancee and their friend are freed as well. >> and she said one thing that was constant in prison was that she felt they treated her like a child when she was in solitary confinement. she had to say to them i'm a strong woman, i am not a child. >> irans president says shourd was freed because of health issues. nora says sarah will arrive in new york this weekend and will hold a news conference on monday. >> a helicopter filming a driverless audi in pike's peak crashed today. the crash happened near the road leading to the top of the mountains. passenger injuries were not
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life threatening. it was part of a project with sanford university to develop cars to avoid accidents. investigators are trying to establish with what caused this crash. >> and the host of the daily show announced he's hosting something he calls million moderate march on october 30th. his faux political rival steven colbert is holding a rival political rally. national park service confirmed they have applied for permits. >> now, beta breaker officials are going to crack down on rogue runners. people who haven't registered will now be kicked off the course. the number of people who can register will be capped at 50,000.
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alcohol has been banned from the event. i guess that means we all have to register. >> this morning, you probably noticed drippy conditions and drizzle. dense fog. >> is that more of what is still to come? >> yes. we're going to see rain by sunday. let's get you outside. it's beautiful outside there. ais a view from our emeryville camera. yes. still dealing with clouds not just low level clouds but mid and high level clouds moving in ahead of the storm. we're firing it up early. and we're seeing rain now. crescent city eureka area a third of an inch has fallen. here in the bay area you'll notice it's dry outside just clouds moving through. and humid out there. if you're feeling like it's sticky or not imagining
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things. temperatures now 60s along the coast. 70s inland. most of the bay area saw cooler conditions today. and that is just a sign of things still to come. and muggy mild tomorrow. and much cooler conditions on sunday. here is the satellite and radar. this is going to stay north of us. our rain maker is here this, is what we're watching. it's tapping into moisture here and that will make its way towards the bay area. beginning tomorrow morning another drisz yily morning there are clouds pulling back. there is a mild afternoon. coastal communities we'll see mild conditions and muggy with clouds moving in. 5:00 a.m. sunday morning, rain begins to approach the north bay. and there is a cold front and then, the front washes out so
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just clouds lingering into your sunday afternoon and evening. here are the rainfall totals. south bay may not see anything or perhaps about 1/100ths of an inch. and in the north bay, you can see anywhere from a tenth to a quarter inch of rain. it's taking you throughout sunday evening. and overnight, another mild night. drizzle along the coast. take a look at inland conditions. there is low 60s so going to be another warm night tonight or mild night. 78 in san jose. 77 sarah to goa. and nice day on the peninsula. and menlo park, 7 degrees on the coast. low 60s, 67 degrees sunset district 64, partly cloudy skies. north bay mid-70s for sonoma
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and santa rosa. you get out towards east bay, there is 7 in berkeley and oakland. inland communities a mild afternoon. 79 in concord and livermore. 69 degrees in santa cruz. here is the accu-weather forecast. there is a nice afternoon and rain on sunday, cooler, and fall arrives if you're looking ahead warmer monday, tuesday. then wednesday 8:09 p.m. aus tum nal equinox takes place. and if you're heading to tahoe, saturday looks fine, gusting winds but sunday, rain chance autos we're warned. thank you. >> and coming up next, free food and how to get it in finney's friday free stuff. >> stay tuned for that. and a man pays cash at toll plaza then gets a fast track ticket in the mail. ticket in the mail. how do you p p p p p p p p p p p
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our state is in a real mess. and i'm not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don't go anywhere. we have to make some tough decisions. we have to live within our means. we have got to take the power from the state capitol and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. and no new taxes, without voter approval. we have got to pull together not as republicans or as democrats but as californians first. at this stage in my life, i'm prepared to do exactly that.
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we have made it through the weekend and want to kick things off and start right. >> enter michael. finney's friday free stuff. >> where do we start dan? okay. let's start with this. there is a restaurant called spice kit. it's spart of the whole asian street food thing. have you been seeing this? it's down in the financial district first and howard, i think is located. what they're doing this isn't a truck. it's that kind of deal that a lot of that tends to be expensive this, is not. it's the quick serve type of deal from spice kit. what you're going to get is steamed pork buns as you can tell that is a different-looking pork bun. we're, dan and i just talking we decided we wanted a conveyor belt. >> we can't go through these
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fast enough. >> and morton's steak house for san jose and san francisco. and they have these new bar bites only $7 each. >> fun size. >> there you go. >> they've got iceberg wedge and steak fries. and then, finally we've got the annual smithsonian museum day. 1300 museums here in the bay area. how do we get these? >> glad you asked. go by dialing or at any time log on to abc 7 news.com. >> excellent. nice work thank you. >> thank you. >> and we'll be right back with an update on the story dan told you about emergency >> ...berber carpet. it was a whole bowl of stew. nooo. why? i could have saved this one. i could have saved this one. ♪ call 1-800-steemer
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you inhale, they inhale. millions of children continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke. secondhand smoke causes asthma, a disease that cannot be cured. protect your loved ones. coming up a surprising number of california school
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districts that failed to reduce class sizes despite an initiative to do so. >> and plus, the new bill sittinging on the governor's desk banning a toxic chemical from childrens jewelry. >> and those stories and more coming up at 6:00. >> and now sh we want to update you on breaking news we told you about at san francisco international airport. a u.s. airways flight from phoenix to maui had to make an emergency landing. the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. >> the manager says the smoke dissipated. no word of injury autos we're told that this emergency landing was precaution nairy and u.s. airways says there is another plane ready to take passengers on to maui as soon as passengers get off the plane. you know they're anxious. >> after that scare and everybody is okay. >> yes. >> good story for them to tell over the bar tonight! >> in maui. >> right. >> and and that is going to do it for us. world news is